Ladybug Theme
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In The Kitchen

Ladybug Cookies

They are made by icing sugar cookies (round) with red icing. Use choc. chips as spots and licorice for antennae and legs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Snacks

Spread whipped cream cheese that's been tinted red-orange on an oval cracker. Add raisins for spots.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Muffins

Ingredients:

English muffins
cream cheese
red food coloring
raisins
lettuce leaves
Supplies
plastic knives
paper plates
paper plates

Color the cream cheese with the food coloring prior to this activity. Have each child his English muffin with red cream cheese and dot with raisins. We paired this with the story, The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

Ladybug Counting

Spray paint about 85 large lima beans red. That's 78 for the game and extras. When the beans are dry provide fine tip markers (permanent) and invite the children to add the dots. Label each container of an egg carton with numbers 1-12. Store the ladybugs in plastic bag. To use this center, a child must match the correct number of ladybugs in the numbered space.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Spots On Ladybugs

Draw or photo copy five to ten large ladybugs. Color them but do not add the dots. Program unlined index cards with the numerals one through five and corresponding dots for younger children. Place black buttons in the center and have the children place the correct number of spots on the ladybug.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Math - Counting Activities

Using the above song, children or teacher can add a spot each time a verse is sung, thus teaching numbers sequentially as high as developmentally appropriate for the children. Spots can also be placed randomly with the child announcing how many he/she has placed and then singing the song. Children also enjoy playing individually with the set.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Facts

Ladybugs can be red or yellow with black, red, white, or yellow spots. There are about 150 species of ladybugs in the U.S. In winter, 50 to 100 ladybugs hibernate together.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Bingo

Play "bingo" with 3's and 4's. Paint walnut shell halves red. Painted 1 black dot on 6 shells, 2 black dots on 6 more shells, 3 red dots on 6 more shells, etc. until there were 6 black dots on 6 shells. Glue on Wigglie eyes, and tiny pipecleaner antennas on each "ladybug shell". Made 6 game boards, each one divided into 6 sections. The first section had the #1 and one black dot, the second section had the #2 and two black dots, etc., until went up to the #6 and six black dots. Make one large die with a corresponding number of dots. (1 - 6). The children toss the die, see the number of dots that come up, and then choose the matching ladybug shell with the same number of dots to place on their game board. Play the game by taking turns. The first to get all the sections filled with a ladybug is the winner. It is an excellent way to teach one to one correspondence, eye-hand coordination, focusing, and fine motor skills.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybugs Theme - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Ladybug Activities and Crafts - First School
Going Buggy! Ladybugs - Kinder Korner
Preschool Education - Bugs: Arts & Crafts
Preschool Education - Bugs: Music & Songs
Preschool Education - Bugs: Snack
Learning Life's Little Lessons With Ladybugs - Inside Kindergarten

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